Sundiata and the Twelve Doors of Mali

Committee Introduction

In 1235, Sundiata, the ruling emperor of Mali, rose to power at a time when political, economic, and religious beliefs were uncertain. Sundiata began his reign by taking over the Twelve Doors, the kingdoms that were allied to Mali. With this conquest, the Mali Empire was established, opening up the possibility for economic prosperity through the expansion of gold and copper trade. However, differences in political and religious beliefs often led to disagreement between these provinces. As the Twelve Doors of Mali, rulers will advocate for their kingdom’s priorities in this alliance while also considering the success of the newly established empire. None


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